May 21 2013.

A new online toolkit has been launched by the government to provide new employers with guidance when taking on their first employee.

An update from the version that was launched a year ago, the toolkit is called 'Employing staff for the first time' and helps potential employers through the process of hiring their first member of staff and sets out the relevant legal requirements. It includes information on setting pay, getting the right insurance, understanding tax requirements and checking a new employee's right to work in the UK.

In addition, ACAS has created six new guides to help small firms comply with the law when hiring, managing people and dealing with complaints at work.

The guides are free and include a legal checklist, useful tools and templates that can be downloaded from ACAS. The toolkit can be accessed HERE.